ECI (Early Childhood Intervention)
A division of the Texas Department of
Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, ECI is
a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and
developmental delays. ECI supports families
to help their children reach their potential
through developmental services. Services
are provided by a variety of local agencies
and organizations across Texas.
Federal and State Regulations and
The Texas Education Agency breaks down
all special education laws currently in effect
in Texas, including Federal regulations and
additional rules for Texas.
Texas Department of Aging and
DADS is an agency that administers long-term services and support for aging and
disabled people in Texas. They have extensive resources and information about
assisted living, as well as rules and statutes
for people with disabilities.
Texas Department of Assistive and
DARS provides advocacy for Texans of all
ages who are deaf or hard of hearing. DARS
also provides services and programs for
Texans of all ages who are blind or visually
impaired, including transition services for
those aged 13-22, as well as assistance in
vocational rehabilitation and job counseling
for Texans with disabilities (all ages).
Texas Parent to Parent
Texas Parent to Parent is a statewide
non-profit organization developed for parents
by parents. It provides parent-to-parent
matches, support, information, website,
resources, a newsletter, training.
Cerebral Palsy Guide
Cerebral Palsy Guide is an organization
dedicated to the wellbeing and education of
individuals with cerebral palsy. It aims to focus
on the families, children, and caregivers who
cope with a CP diagnosis on a daily basis.
Easter Seals Disability Services
Easter Seals is one of the oldest organizations help disabled persons and persons
with special needs. They provide education, advocacy, outreach, and exceptional
services to the disabled community.
Exceptional Parent Magazine
Exceptional Parent is a monthly magazine
for parents and professional caretakers of
people with special needs. The national
website includes resources for parent to
parent programs, information and referral
centers, a disability library, services, products and much more.
MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support)
Once a national parent-to-parent network,
MUMS now provides information and
emotional support to parents whose child
has a rare (or not so rare) disorder.
NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness)
NAMI provides information and training
programs for caregivers of individuals with
mental health issues or brain disorders, as well
as the opportunity to connect with others.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
NCLD enables young adults, empowers
parents, and advocates for policy creation in
an attempt to improve the lives of disabled
people. They have great resources for parents,
adults with disabilities, and educators.
NICHY (National Information Center for
Children and Youth w/ Disabilities)
NICHY is a list of various resources for people
with disabilities and their families. The site
provides links to various education, learning
disability, and mental disorder resources.
NIH (National Institute of Health)
NIH is part of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services and shares
information on new developments and
studies regarding mental and physical
health. Stephen Groft at the office of rare
diseases provides information on which
hospitals and physicians are doing research
or clinical trials on any disease.
NORD (National Organization for
NORD provides information and resources
for patients, families, other organizations,
and medical professionals regarding rare
disorders. They also advocate for consistent
and fair government policies and support
Social Security Supplemental
The Social Security Administration provides
certain benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income sources. Give
them a call or check out their website to find
out how you can get these benefits.
While located in Wisconsin, the Waisman
Center is an excellent resource for staying up
to date on the latest research on developmental
disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases.